What are the benefits and disadvantages for teachers of National Technology Standards for elementary and middle school students?
The advantage of national technology standards is that they would force schools to prepare students for the digital age. Schools are currently preparing students for jobs and professions that no longer exist. Our current educational system and most of our curriculum is based on out-moded ideas of job preparation. Instead, schools should be teaching students how to be functionally literate in computers and the internet. Until all students learn how to type, use basic computer programs and use the internet, students in urban and poorer schools will be at a severe disadvantage. If you want to close the achievement gap, you need to do so by giving all students access to the resources needed now to acquire the skills of the future.